Doris L. Whitfield: Power and paybacks

February 21, 2013 

Power, paybacks

Current leadership in the state Senate – in what is being called by some public advocates a “power grab” – is working to dismantle under SB 10 “Government Reduction and Efficiency Act” three state commissions that protect North Carolina: the Environment Management Commission, Utilities Commission and Coastal Resources Commission.

Stripping these commissions of scientific and health experts and conservationists will result in eliminating those persons best prepared and motivated to protect our state’s fragile land, air and water resources.

The GOP-controlled legislature invited John Droz – a climate science skeptic, a real estate developer, a fossil fuel proponent and a senior fellow at the American Tradition Institute whose scientific credentials include a master’s degree in electronics – to speak to the House and Senate and key employees of the DENR.

He presented no facts to substantiate why global warming is not a serious potential hazard to our state.

With our numerous universities and abundant experienced residents willing to serve, why would Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republicans not want to strengthen these commissions and continue the work of protecting our precious natural resources as they were elected to do?

SB 10 sounds like political payback.

Doris L. Whitfield

Raleigh

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